This Week Today - Current Events from Israel

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

This Week Today

Current Events from Israel

I just got back from vacation up north in Tiberias. So much news to report on, just had to come back. I'll just say I've never seen a situation where an entire city is financially supported by a community (in this case, Ultra-Orthodox Jews) but they elected a mayor to try and get rid of them. And then I remembered the yocals of upstate New York. Not so original afterall. 

Some Good News First

Some Israeli just won a gold medal at the world championships for Judo. This is very important. I don't know why its important, but I know that Vladimir Putin takes Judo very seriously - by the way, his videos online of him doing Judo are totally awesome. Hopefully he is impressed by our accomplishment. 

Even More Terror

Unfortunately the last two weeks we've been forced to report on terror attacks and now there was another one - with tragic results. Arab terrorists placed an explosive device on a trail to a popular spring near the Jewish Community of Dolev, near Modiin. When a Jewish Father and his teenage son and daughter passed by, the terrorists detonated the bomb. The father and son were seriously injured and Rina, the 17 years old daughter, was killed. 

Since the attack, there are conflicting reports as to whether the terrorists have been apprehended or not. Either way, as always, they will certainly not get away. It appears they originate from the same village as so many other terrorists, Kobar, just outside Ramallah, home to the evil Barghouti family. Why the village still exists - a mystery. 

At least 2 other bombs have since been found and diffused - both in the Shomron (Samaria). Additionally, Prime Minister Netanyahu promised to build 300 new homes in Dolev in response to the attack. When? A mystery. 

Gaza

Where to start? Just a huge mess. More rockets continue to fly at Israel. Now 3 hamas policemen were killed in Gaza, presumably by different arab terrorists. Qatar is distributing "Benjamins" to the arabs there based on who knows what criteria. Israel continues to threaten war in response to all the attacks. It didn't have to be this way, but it is what it is. 

More Israeli Attacks on Iranian Targets

This week it appears that Israel bombed numerous iranian-linked targets in Syria and maybe even some in Lebanon. Of course Israel is staying pretty quiet about all of it, but now its Lebanon's turn to talk trash without being able to actually do anything to Israel. I'm not sure what the arabic or farsi words for "punks" are, but someone should inform these whiney folks that they totally qualify. Blah, blah, blah, achbar. Why do they even try? A mystery.

Israel Election Update

-The Supreme Court this week disqualified Otzma Yehudit's candidates Baruch Marzel and and Bentzi Gopstein from running in the upcoming elections. They allowed all the arab candidates, many of who oppose the existence of the State, to continue to run. Its as if they want to seem ridiculous so we'll just start to ignore them. The official election committee had previously allowed Marzel and Gopstein to run. What's the point of have such a committee if the Supreme Court will just decide everything? A mystery. 

-Reports are swirling that Moshe Feiglin and his Zehut party will take a deal from Netanyahu for some influential position and suspend their campaign. Then again, they are crazy, so no telling. All polls say they have a zero percent chance of making it into the Knesset if they continue to run. Why would they insist on continuing to run? A mystery. 

-The Noam party is also considering suspending their campaign so as to not waste more right-wing votes. Haven't heard of them? Doesn't matter. 

-Finally, its being reported that there has been a massive security breach into the "Blue and White" party. That's right, the party run by ex-Chiefs of Staff and DJ Yair Lapid. Wonder who was the weak link. A mystery. 

Some Other Interesting, Possibly (in)Significant News

-The US State Department took the "palestinian territories" off their website. Must be the diplomatic equivalent of "defriending" someone on Facebook. 

-Honduras has recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Regardless, President Trump is building the wall nonetheless. 

-President Trump's "deal of the century" may or may not be released before the Israeli elections. Not sure why that is news, but more importantly, the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. has started serving kosher food! 

Strengthening the Jewish Presence: A Victory and a Tribute

This week Jews returned to "Beit HaMachpela" in Hevron. The building was purchased by Jewish investors over 7 years ago and the purchase was finally approved by the authorities. Situated right across from the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Maarat HaMachpela), the strategic importance of the newly inhabited property is obvious and profound. The specific area until now lacked any permanent Jewish presence. No longer!

Sadly, Mr. Eugen Gluck passed away this week at the age of 92. This man's faith knew no limits. He was dedicated to many Jewish causes, but his support for the Jewish Community of Beit El is legendary. Why this man thought to invest so much of his hard-earned money (and that of others) and energy in a community so at-risk (in the past) of being destroyed as part of various "peace" schemes, I don't know how he did it. But we should all learn from it!